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Author Topic: crash tender (Fireboat) refurb and brushless conversion start to finish project!  (Read 40726 times)

Norseman

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He was always full of good ideas!
He was also very very good at talking me into things  O0

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The rear deck "bathtub" is now done, and suprisingly fits very well at the first effort! Visible parts are painted, and the planking is underway
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Loving it ...Paul it looks the part....... :-)) :-))


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been looking forward to this bit for ages, the towhook. I want to make it so it will actually tow, not just stuck on the deck,
 

 
I Bought this brass at the midlands engineering show last year for the towhook body, shows how long its been waiting for this moment!
 

 
Body pretty much done, just wants the hook and some detail work, same with the baseplate
 
 
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Hi Paul,
Thats some tow hook......impressive....... :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))


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thanks Mike, spending WAAAAYYYYY too long on this! Its the St Helens model boat club fun day week on sunday, unfortunately I think it clashes with your event? I had hoped it would be finished and running again on that wonderful big lake we have, but I seriously doubt it now!
 
Bit more done tonight, spend 2 hours!!! doing the handle,  %% %%
 
 
 
Pity events clash when we are close to each other, I would have like to come over to Newsham
 
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Hi Paul
Shame about the clash...we will get there in the end....... ok2


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Opps..!! forgot to mention the great work on the hook, looks the part...... O0


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get the feeling its only us two reading these! Its a bit lonely isnt it :D
 
more done, another 3 hrs tonight! just on this flippin hook :embarrassed:  needs trial fitting and painting, at last.
 
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Nice bit of kit, that hook.
Rest of the boats very nice to.
You in for the job of towing the new QE carriers  %)
well done   :-))
keep up the excellent work
we are out there lurking, so you are not alone
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red181......I agree with vnkiwi........but we cannot comment if we cannot see the images.....as below ...Derek
 
 
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No pictures must be you aussies haven't paid the power bill yet, as pictures ok over here in the eastern isles :o
cheers :-))
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todays images are OK.....just the previous ones from May 9th .....  %% .....Derek %)
 
 
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Derek,
must be that lightning fast fibre optic, the photos have been you just missed them, and they haven't got back from here yet. %)
happy days :-))
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jeez I do speak some piffle  O0
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wierd that phot thing Derek, but thanks for being there, lurking! :-))
 
If I dont do this build log, I will stop working on it (again!), must press on, I am waiting to do my PCF Vietnam thingy, but have banned myself until this is done, and finished, is a model ever finished I wonder?? %)
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Hi red181........good to see hex headed bolts & nuts....... :-))  most scale like in your machined hook assembly...........too many use socket head cap screws or Phillips heads & really screw the scale concept
Be assured we are watching with interest.........Derek  O0
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yeah, they are 10ba, seems only the model train guys have these in abundance, the paint is now out, humbrol polished steel, I like brass, seems a shame to paint it now!, then off to work, which really gets in the way of modelling,  {-) got a right telling off last night from the missus after disapperaring for 3 1/2 hours in the shed on a saturday night after being in work all day, the good news is she wont follow me into the workshop incase there are "spiders and flying insects", he he :} :}
 
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red181....the bolts below are M2.0..........by chance.....I also find 10BA  [which is metric] bolt size open ended spanner a good scale for metric steam flanges ....manufactured for 1/8"or 5/32" OD diameter tubing & used in approx. 1:20 scaling etc ....
 
ISO M2.0 [as shown below] has the same hex AF size as 10 BA :o ............
One could get all of the charts & tables out to confirm this  >>:-( ....but the proof is in the pudding............Derek  O0
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get the feeling its only us two reading these! Its a bit lonely isnt it :D

Sorry Paul, I seem to be playing catch up with everything this last month. Nice towing hook  :-))

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One giant step closer to the finish line! :}
 

 
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Looking good Paul.....how have you chemically blackened the brass?......Derek
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Humbrol metalcote polished steel aerosol, they do a couple of colours, and tin pots also, but the aerosols have a slightly different colour. When dry, you buff up, I painted over white primer, only a dusting to get the steel paint to adhere, so the detail was not lost in a sea of paint, then over rubbed on corners etc to get the brass to show, so it looks a bit weathered, over time, and with use, I suspect the paint will wear and get damaged, which will probably make the towhook look more realistc :-))
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enjoyed doing the salvage hoses, I am lucky to be able to machine the connecting ends, but the hose itself, a streched spring to open up the coils, bent coathanger to keep the shape, and heatshrink to look like the rubber nose :-))
 

 
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a streched spring to open up the coils, bent coathanger to keep the shape, and heatshrink to look like the rubber nose


That is very clever and looks really good. What a great idea!
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rear deck FINALLY!!!!! done, still undecided about the paint defects on one side of the hull, repaint, a real delay in the proceedings, and possibility of damage to other areas, or leave it, and it may annoy me!!
 
Well, its our secret ;)  whatever I do, if it ever gets sold here on mayhem you all know about the "little blunders" along the way :-))
 

 
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